Select Blinds Reviews - Why This Company is Great to Work For


by Lisa Hs 26 Jul 2013

Work is work, right? Another day, another dollar. Let's face it, there are very few people that can actually claim that they love their jobs and the company that they work for. I have to admit though, after coming to work at Select Blinds, it is refreshing to work for a company that actually cares about their customer and people as a whole.

As a retailer, the company can boast about their new Google Trusted Store "A" rating for reliability and excellent service, or their Better Business Bureau accreditation and A+ rating. But really, when I am shopping online for products, I am not always interested in what the "company" is saying about themselves. What sets Select Blinds apart from other custom window covering companies is the amount of positive 3rd party reviews that the company has collected over the years from ACTUAL customers, who are excited enough about their purchase to take the time to write a helpful review for other people looking to make the same purchase.

SelectBlinds.com really is the highest rated and most reviewed blinds company in America. It is obvious online when you look at websites like:

Google Checkout (over 5,250 reviews!) "Awesome! Their service was quick and efficient. Even when I had mismeasured and called to correct my order, they were very courteous."

Reseller Ratings (over 3,500 reviews!) "Great looking, easy to install, directions to measure were spot on."

Price Grabber (over 2,500 reviews!) "Great quality and a great price! I shopped around and this was by far the best company."

Nextag (over 1,350 reviews!) "Expected good for the price. GOT outstanding for the price!"

After working closely with our customer service team, I can see why the site has gotten such great reviews. Of course the company is proud of their high quality products, but the best sign of a good company is the happiness of their customers. So, while it may be a job.. and WORK.. watching the attention and care that is given to site visitors and customers makes me feel like I am doing something valuable. And I appreciate that!

Rustic Modern Dining Table Project


by Lisa Hs 18 Mar 2013

By day, internet marketing nerd, by night, furniture designer and re-finisher. Like most moms, I am a woman that wears many hats and it can be hard to fit in hobbies that I like between shopping trips, school track meets, gymnastics, and a full time marketing job. But, on my last visit to the boonies, (aka, my in-laws neck of the woods - Northern Arizona), I was finally able to realize a furniture design idea I had been thinking about for years. I have wanted a new dining room table for a long time. The one we have was old, and my design aesthetic has moved towards the modern side since then. I wanted to create my own modern/rustic dining room table using Juniper wood. With the help of my Father in law, we were able to chop down an old Juniper tree, and create my table masterpiece. It all began with an old tree.

My Father in law happens to own his own lumber mill, so I wouldn't exactly call this a do it yourself job, but a cool project anyway. With his help we were able to transport the tree to his mill, where we milled it into several 6 inch thick slabs.

We cut the rough edges off all slabs except the ones facing the outside, then with the help of some serious wood glue and heavy duty clamps we were able to seamlessly glue 3 slabs together. The joints had to be reinforced underneath the table top with screws and metal slats. Then we had to move the 300+lbs table top into a truck and back to our home, 3 hours away.

When I got it home.. the fun part began! I pulled out my belt sander and started sanding away. I learned a cool trick for covering the cracks between the slabs and making it look like one solid chunk of wood. You take some Elmer's wood glue, and mix it with some sawdust from the sanding process. Then fill in the cracks with the mixture. Sand it down, and it is a perfect color match for your table - SEAMLESS!

We went online and found some cool stainless steel legs from a restaurant supply company. Here is a picture of the finished project:

I am so happy with the way it turned out. What do you think?

Why Updating Mom's Decor is Like Going to the Dentist


by Lisa Hs 12 Mar 2013

Ever had to do something painful, that you did not want to do? In fact, something that you did not want to do so much, that it seemed easier or more appealing to bear excruciating pain rather than suffer through dealing with it? You know.. kind of like going to the dentist when you were a kid... or an adult. My husband had to go to the dentist 5 years ago because he had a painful cavity. He was so scared of the dentist, he spent months doing research on the internet looking for a dentist that would completely knock him out so he did not have to be awake at all during the visit. Well, I had a similar scary experience last month, when I had to tell my mother that it was time to update her home decor.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get through the experience unconscious, like my husband's dentist visit. So, what does my mom's decor have to do with going to the dentist? Stay with me here people. 

Reason #1:  Both are scary. When I was a kid, I thought the dentist was a scary stranger that wanted to hurt me, and I was not far from the truth. But, last month I had to bite the bullet and tell my mother that her decor choices were hideous, and needed to be updated if she ever wanted to sell her home. Talk about scary! I knew she was proud of her stylish home, and anticipated some issues. And, needless to say, my little talk did not go well. My gentle nudging towards a decor re-design was taken like I shot her in the face. I am pretty sure I saw steam coming out of her ears.

Reason #2:  Dental work makes me want to gag, and so does my mom's decor.  There is nothing that my mother would rather do than brag about the retro Kermit-green lava lamp she purchased when I was little, or the luxuriousness of her wall to wall, rust-red, shag carpet.

 CHRISTMAS 1976: A SUNNY DAY AROUND THE TREE...

(Photo credit: roberthuffstutter)

But, she needs to sell her house and downsize.  I am certain that potential buyers walking through her home as it is now would have to fight back their gag reflex and focus on the potential of the home with better decor.

Reason #3:  Going to the dentist office and pushing my mom to update her decor are uncomfortable and painful experiences, but have to be done.  As painful as it was, I told mom it was time for a decor update. I swallowed the painful jabs at my taste level and the rising volume of her defensive replies, and simply told her that her current decor needed to be toned down to allow buyers to imagine themselves and their stuff in her home. I held her hand as she picked out and ordered neutral toned carpet, picked out modern area rugs, and packed up all her "stylish" decor accessories.  With some additional paint, cleaning, and organization, her house was ready to sell 3 weeks later.

Reason #4:  Both involve a lot of smiling. Taking pain with a smile on your face can be hard, but I love my mom, and I really was just trying to help her. So, I put up with her angry reactions and passive aggressive comments with a forced smile on my face, until we had gotten the job done.  This is my mom, and I decided to put away my pride a bit in order to make sure that I could still count on her friendship and Sunday dinners at home.

Having said all of that, after my experience last month, I think that if I had the choice again, I would choose going to the dentist instead, if it would get me out of mom's home decor update. Don't get me wrong, I am happy with the way things turned out in the end. Mom is happy now, we are still friends and she has just accepted an offer on her house.  But, if I ever find myself in that situation again, Dad will be the one stepping up to the plate.

Blinds and Shades Upgrades


by Lisa Hs 10 Aug 2012

Cellular Shades

Custom blinds and shades have several distinct advantages over the window coverings found in your neighborhood big box retailer. Perhaps the biggest advantage is in the cost to acquire your blinds and shades. The cost can actually be less, if you are willing to put a little effort into shopping on-line.

Pre-Cut vs Custom

The blinds and shades found on the retailer’s shelf are pre-cut to specific sizes. The sizes are the most popular window sizes, so one would think that they will work in every situation. The fact is that a 30” x 60” window might not allow a 30” x 60” pre-cut window shade. The reason is basic. The frame for that window is going to reduce the opening to some degree. That means that the standard blind from the local retailer will be too wide for an inside mount, and not really wide enough for an outside mount.

Custom blinds and shades are exactly what they sound like. They are made just for you, to the exact size necessary for an installation that will give you the privacy and light control that you expect. There are plenty of options available for shopping for custom window coverings. In home consultation from a decorator is at one end of the spectrum, and online do it yourself shopping is at the other end. If you have a tape measure, a drill, and a screw driver, you will get the most for your money by shopping online.

Selectblinds.com comes out on top for online blinds and shades. The selection is broad, covering all styles of shades, from honeycomb to Roman shades, as well as real wood blinds, faux wood blinds, and aluminum mini blinds. Select Blinds offers exclusive designer collections, including a kid’s collection, and their pricing blows away the big box retailer. They make the entire process very easy to understand, they offer helpful videos, and they get your blinds and shades to you fast!

Wood Blinds

There are other distinct advantages to shopping for blinds and shades with SelectBlinds. Shipping is free, there is a price guarantee, and they even have a satisfaction guarantee. They are also the highest rated, most reviewed blinds on the internet.

Everything mentioned so far played a huge part in my decision to trust my window coverings to SelectBlinds. The free upgrades were just icing on the cake. It seemed that whichever custom blind or shade that is looked at offered some kind of free upgrade. Honeycomb shades offered free top down – bottom up. Certain products offered a screaming hot deal of buy three get one free, other products promised to be made in one day, or they were free. Upgraded valances were offered at no charge on several blinds, which I took advantage of, and let me tell you, they made a huge difference in the look.

So the next time that you are standing in the aisle of big box retail looking at the array of shades, make a note of the price, and look at the quality, and then go home and log onto www.selectblinds.com. You will be happy you did.

A Shade Cooler than the Rest!


by Lisa Hs 12 Aug 2011

Cordless Blackout Shades

There are many styles and varieties of window shades. Window shades to hide the sunlight or window shades that let the sunlight shine in to illuminate a particular room. They are highly decorative and deco

rators of today use them to highlight the completion of their workmanship. Soft, genteel looking, and attractive, they display a personality of their own when added to a room.

Most window shades are custom fit, so measuring them correctly is the key.  A consumer must remember that measurements are either taken from the inside of the frame of the window, or the outside of the frame. This depends on what look they may be trying to achieve. Plus, they need to take into the consideration what kind of pull they want to use, and where it should be placed on the window shade for easy up and down use.

Some of the fabric used for window shades is quite unique. An attractive eye popping fabric is the lace window shade, looking especially well in an antique décor room. This window shade is elegant and will give your room an old fashioned, take you back in time, look. There is no lining needed with this window shade as it is perfect without it, and it is a great alternative to the sheer fabric window shade. This gorgeous lace window shade is desired by many decorators adept at antique decor. Roller shades and roman shades work especially well in the eye popping white lace window shade. It is difficult to see in from outside with this lace window shade, which allows for privacy. If you want to enhance an unattractive window, install lace window shades. “Body and substance is what it is all about”, say the decorators.

Solar control window shades are exceptional and a much needed item in the Southwest. This is where the sun shines on a constant basis, and the heat is intense. These shades will not fade out, or allow the sunlight to fade or discolor the furniture, and are easy to keep clean. The newest advances in technology are implemented into this solar control window shade. They will filter out the heat, glare and harmful UV rays, but still allow the flood of natural light to enter the room. The glare on the television is also drastically reduced. This window shade allows a person to see the outside world, and still have their privacy at all times of the day and night. This ability is called the ‘openness factor’ with this solar controlled window shade. They can be custom made in a cast of colors, such as grey, white, chalk and a light tobacco brown. The lighter colors are said to enhance thoughts and energize intelligence, and are perfect for study areas or libraries.

Blackout fabric window shades are especially popular with day sleepers. They will completely eliminate the light from a bedroom, or media room, and allow complete darkness for sleep, movie watching or privacy. These window shades feature a contemporary design and a continuous loop chain instead of the standard spring roller. This allows the window shade to glide easily with trouble free elevation and is perfect for that pitch black room. These are available in various prices and sun control factors depending on the purpose, and the room. The blackout window shade can be purchased in a three percent factor, allowing very little light in the room, to a fourteen percent factor which allows maximum light to enter.

Window shades are the perfect answer in cutting back on energy costs of the home or office space. Practical, stylish, durable, easy to clean and low cost window shades are still the wave of the future for home and offices.

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